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A new exhibit highlighting Morehead State’s space system engineering programs is now on display at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington.

The exhibit features a model of the Lunar IceCube satellite which was designed, built and tested by teams of students at MSU. The satellite will launch as part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (Next STEP).

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Morehead State University's Division of Academic Affairs has announced that Megan Boone has been named director of the Office of Career Services.  

"Megan has proven that she is a strong and creative campus leader who is very student-focused," said Dr. Laurie Couch, associate provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success. "She will be an excellent partner in our continuing efforts to provide outstanding career support to students in our academic programs, our alumni, and those in the community."  

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Two classes in the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) at Morehead State University will showcase their research posters on Wednesday, July 17, in the drill room of Button Auditorium. 

Dr. Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University and faculty member at GSP, teaches business, accounting and entrepreneurship as a focus area class, plus a general studies class concentrating on libraries and literacies. 

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Morehead has been named the third best college town in the nation to start a career.

Grand Canyon University compiled the list, and it was published in Business Insider magazine. The list was compiled using data from the U.S. Census, Yelp, Indeed, official government climate reports, and measured factors such as job markets, local culture and infrastructure.

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Hayley Murphy (14), a career coach with Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services, has been named to the board of the Kentucky Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE).

Murphy will serve as communications chair and in this role, she will be responsible for maintaining the KACE website, creating graphics and communicating with all members regarding events. Murphy will also be involved in planning networking and professional development opportunities, including an annual two-day conference in the fall.


Morehead State University is closed for the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4. 

Administrative offices are closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. The University will reopen under regular operating hours on Monday, July 8.

The Camden-Carroll Library is closed from Thursday, July 4, until Monday, July 8.

The University Store is closed Thursday, July 4, and will reopen Friday, July 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on weekends through Monday, Aug. 12.

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The Morehead Writing Project (MWP) held “Power Your Story,” a journalism camp for area high schoolers, June 9-15. 

Students collaborated with professionals from Morehead State Public Radio, Morehead State’s convergent media program and the MSU student newspaper, The Trail Blazer. Camp participants learned about how to collect news and interview subjects, how to operate cameras and how to edit audio and video, among other skills necessary in the field of journalism.  

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The Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) partnered with the Rocky J. Adkins Public Library to launch a drug prevention program in Elliott County. 

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University and high school faculty members teaching in the Eagle Scholars program participated in a summer meeting Wednesday, June 12, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC). 

The morning’s activities began with several informative presentations. Joel Pace, director of the Eagle Scholars program, offered attendees an overview of the program. Other topics and presenters were:

Faculty 180 and general assessment, Dr. Mark Graves, professor of English.

Blackboard, David Flora, director of Distance Education and Instructional Design.

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Register now for Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) to register for classes and be ready for the upcoming fall semester.

SOAR helps incoming students prepare for a successful first year at MSU. MSU has additional sessions available this summer.

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Growing up in the Biratnagar, Province No.1, Nepal, Satyam Shrivastav was intent on succeeding anywhere. But from a very early age, he had specific academic goals that were far away from his home country. 

“America is considered the most developed country by Nepalese people. When I was a kid, every time I had gone to get blessings from my grandparents, they would bless me to get an American degree,” Satyam said. “I have always wanted to get an American degree since then.” 

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Morehead State’s newest nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

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Morehead State welcomes hundreds of high school students to campus June 5 to July 5 for its 53rd annual Upward Bound (UB) summer programs. 

MSU UB has two distinct programs, UB Classic and UB Math and Science, serving more than 250 students from 18 schools in 17 Eastern Kentucky counties including Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Harrison, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan.

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Morehead State University will continue serving as a host campus for the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program (GSP). 

Last year, MSU was awarded a three-year contract (2019-21) to continue serving as a host campus for the program. MSU first hosted GSP in 2006 and this year will be the eighth year the University has hosted GSP.

Of the three universities that currently host GSP (others include Bellarmine University and Centre College), MSU is the only public university to host the program. 

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INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, will be held on the Morehead State University campus June 8-15.

In its 13th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC) and the KSB Charitable Foundation. Nineteen students are expected to attend the camp this year.

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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Morehead State is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for educator preparation programs. 

The spring 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 42 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 238 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

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The Kentucky Folk Art Center will host the “Getting Started with Poetry” workshop, Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The instructor for the class is Tasha Cotter of Lexington, where she works in higher education and serves as the president of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. She is the author of several books of poetry, including “Some Churches,” “The Aqua Notebook” and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction and Thrush. 

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The Morehead State University Equine program, Dr. Katelyn Kaufman, visiting assistant professor of equine science, and Randy Gauche, equine technician, are establishing a quarter horse breeding program with the support of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.  

MSU student brings back fraternity chapter after 20 years of inactivity

Apr 24, 2019
Daneyl Tackett, The TrailBlazer

Faith, family and his fraternity inspired Dallas Bruton to spend more time helping the community. 

The Morehead State chapter of Omega Psi Phi had been left empty for 20 years between 1998 and 2018, until it was brought back to attention by Dallas Bruton, a native of Lexington, KY. The fraternity remained at only one member until last Sunday when Aaron Turk was initiated. 

“I had reached out to a guy who was in the fraternity, and he had graduated in 1998. He was like, ‘No one has been interested in the fraternity for over 20 years,’” said Bruton.

Students had two days to make a movie for the Morehead Film Challenge

Apr 24, 2019
Hunter Boggs, The TrailBlazer

While the Morehead Film Challenge primarily attracted convergent media students, Vi Vinukonda, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, said that his brother encouraged him to enter the challenge.

“I’ve always had an interest in film,” stated Vinukonda. “Mainly because my older brother did a lot of directing. He went to MIU for directing.”

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Morehead State University will hold its 2019 Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11, at the Academic-Athletic Center (AAC). During the two programs, President Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan will confer degrees on nearly 1,200 graduate and undergraduate students.

The first commencement program will start at 10 a.m. Students in the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology and the College of Science will participate.

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World-renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter Phil Keaggy will perform at MSU with special guest violinist and vocalist Jean Watson on Wednesday, May 1, in Button Auditorium. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and early arrivals will be treated to music provided by MSU Associate Professor of Music Glenn Ginn and his wife Lisa Ginn at 7 p.m., followed by the show’s headliners.

Tickets are free for MSU students with EagleCard and a suggested donation of $10 or more per adult from MSU faculty and staff, or the general public will be accepted at the door.

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The 2019 MSU Department of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) exhibition will open with a reception Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Golding-Yang Art Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

The exhibition runs April 24-May 8 and features the works of seniors in the BFA program who will graduate in May or who graduated in December. 

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The MSU Equestrian Team and the Department of Agricultural Sciences are hosting the first ever Morehead State Appalachian Horse Revival Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25, at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

The event will bring together equine enthusiasts from across the nation to show horses that are native to Kentucky and Appalachia, including Kentucky Mountain Saddle, Paso Fino, Smokey Valley, Tennessee Walking, Rocky Mountain and Spotted Saddle horses, among others. Admission is $5 per day of the event.

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After showcasing their vocal talents earlier this month in Pikeville, the Morehead State University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will return to Morehead to give audiences a treat.

The vocal groups will present a concert with dessert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at First Baptist Church at 123 East Main Street in Morehead. 

The program is entitled “Sheltered by a Rock During Life’s Storms” and is a fundraiser for the choir’s tours. Desserts and coffee will be served at the conclusion of the concert. Admission is $5 and free for children 6 and under.

Chalk the Walk spreads awareness on campus

Apr 14, 2019
Makayla Holder, The TrailBlazer

Kentuckians across the state adorned sidewalks with inspiring messages about consent, love and support in the Chalk the Walk events.

Pathways’ extension of Chalk the Walk had Morehead State University students spreading awareness to decrease the taboo nature surrounding talking about sexual assault and harassment through notes written outside ADUC.

“It [Chalk the Walk] is important because there are people that go through this every day. People suffer PTSD from sexually assault, but people don’t speak up,” said Jairiq Howard, a freshman education major.

Students take the stage at the Carter Family Fold

Apr 14, 2019
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer

After three days of touring, the legendary Carter Family Fold was the final stop for traditional music students to perform at one of the foundational blocks for the creation of mountain music.

The stage beneath the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student’s feet is one that has held big names in the industry even since it was built over 43 years ago. It was even the last place for Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to perform.

And, that realization became an important moment in the eyes of young musicians like Bailey Stephenson, even in her second time playing there.  

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In an environment where people are affected by a number of important issues, MSU Dance Ensemble is addressing these issues in a creative, kinetic and powerful way.

For its annual dance concert, MSU Dance will present “Viewpoints Redefined.” The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 17 through April 20 at the Button Auditorium. Tickets are $11, $6 for seniors and non-MSU students, and free to MSU students with student ID. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

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Morehead State’s Earthwise Eagles have several events planned during the month of April to promote sustainability. Scheduled events include:

Community Pride cleanup at Triplett Creek: Friday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will meet at the memorial tree walk pavilion. Bags and gloves will be provided. Dress appropriately and bring your own drinks and snacks.

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As someone who started his career in newspaper, former MSU vice president Keith Kappes (70, 73) swore he would get back into the journalism business in some fashion. When he went from being a hard news reporter to a columnist, he had his motivations.

“I felt for a longtime that everybody was entitled to my opinion,” he joked.